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Modern Language Plus BA: French and Philosophy
UCAS Code: RY00
The Modern Language Plus BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one new to you), together with another discipline, such as Film Studies, History of Art, Jewish Studies or Management Studies. You will also spend a year abroad.
- UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
- The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
- UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
- Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.
In your first, second and final years you will take courses in your chosen language and the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to it, as well as courses in your chosen discipline. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which may be from outside your subject area(s), drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
Year three is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university normally with which UCL has an Erasmus or other exchange agreement, working as a British Council Language Assistant or doing a work placement. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence whether or not they started from scratch.
The following combinations of subjects may be studied together (subject to entry requirements):
- Dutch and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Management Studies
- Dutch with Management Studies
- French and English, History of Art, or Philosophy
- German and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Jewish Studies
- German with Management Studies
- Italian and History of Art, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, or Management Studies
- Scandinavian Studies and English, Philosophy, or History of Art
- Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies
- Spanish and History of Art, or Philosophy
- Spanish with Management Studies.
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Science and Society
The final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose.
Your language classes focus on developing active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.
Courses are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.
Students take 4.0 cu each year. Below are the requirements for the French side of your degree. Please consult the Philosophy Department for the Philosophy side of your degree.
Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)
- FREN1001 Use of French (0.5cu)
- FREN1002 French Oral (0.5cu)
- FREN1102 Reading French Texts (0.5cu)
- Francophone students should take a FREN1*** module (0.5cu) instead of FREN1002
Optional Modules (0.5 course units)
One ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5cu) Exceptionally, students may replace the ELCS6*** module with FREN1101 The Making of Modern France (0.5cu) or a 0.5cu year 1 module in another department provided they obtain written permission to do so from the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor during pre-registration.
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)
- FREN2001 Use of French (0.5cu)
- FREN2002 French Oral (0.5cu)
- Francophone students should take a FREN2*** module (0.5cu) instead of FREN2002
Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)
A total of 1.0cu from FREN2*** modules Students take, on the Philosophy side of their degree, EITHER 2.0cu Philosophy modules OR 1.5cu of Philosophy modules and a 0.5cu intermediate ELCS6*** module OR 1.0cu Philosophy modules plus 1.0cu of modules outside the Philosophy Department, one of which must be an intermediate ELCS6*** module (0.5cu).
Exceptionally, students may replace the ELCS6*** module with a 0.5cu FREN2*** content module or a 0.5cu year 2 module in another department provided they obtain written permission to do so from the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor during pre-registration.
- ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5 course units)
- ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5 course units)
- ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)
- FREN4001 Use of French (0.5cu)
- FREN4002 French Oral (0.5cu)
- Francophone students can choose to take FREN4003 French Essay (0.5cu) or FREN4004 Advanced Translation (0.5cu) instead of FREN4002.
Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)
A total of 1.0cu from FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** modules
One FREN41**/FREN42**/FREN43** module (0.5cu) and one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu).
Students take, on the Philosophy side of their degree, EITHER 2.0cu of Philosophy modules OR 1.0cu or 1.5cu of Philosophy modules plus 1.0cu or 0.5cu of modules outside of Philosophy with the restriction that, in their first and final years, they do not take more than a total of 1.0cu of modules outside the Philosophy side of their degree.
There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.
Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Senior Auditor, Deloitte (2012)
- Operations Assistant, UBS (2012)
- Projection Director, Museum of Decorative Arts (2012)
- Analyst, KPMG (2011)
- Financial Analyst, JP Morgan (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.
Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.
When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is essential.